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Keith Arnold

  1. Stepping up… The linebackers

    Feb 25, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    If it feels like beating a dead horse to say that the Irish defense played below expectations last year, I apologize. But trying to put the linebacker play into context is difficult, because each position grouping in a defense depends on the other. Without a great pass rush, the secondary looks bad. Without tight coverage,…

  2. What to make of the combine

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    The big news of the day is that Notre Dame football players Jimmy Clausen, Kyle McCarthy, Eric Olsen, Golden Tate, and Sam Young are in Indianapolis for the annual NFL Scouting Combine, which starts today. Draftniks and people like Todd McShay and Mel Kiper will talk about the importance of the Combine and give stock…

  3. Stepping up… The Secondary

    Feb 23, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    If you missed our first two installments of “Stepping Up,” where we talked about the offensive line and the wide receivers, be sure to check them out. It wasn’t hard to identify the secondary as a massive problem area last season. A perceived area of strength going into the season, the Irish defensive backs were…

  4. Why the combine isn't that important for Golden Tate

    Feb 22, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve said the NFL Scouting Combine is one of the most important days in Golden Tate’s (albeit short) professional career. Yet I’ve also said that what he does in 40 yards on a track in Indianapolis won’t be more important than the magical season that he put up…

  5. Weekend leftovers: All quiet on the football front

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    Other than last night’s terrific USA victory over Canada, it was a pretty slow weekend for news, especially news coming out of South Bend. Here are a few tidbits that caught my eye: * Late last week, Brian Kelly picked up another award for his fine work last season with the Cincinnati Bearcats. Kelly was…

  6. Friday notes: Nix, Ticks, and NCAA kicks

    Feb 19, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Apologies for the late edition of the Friday notes, but I was chasing a few stories for next week and hopefully they’ll come through. It was a fairly slow week news wise for the Irish, so I’ve expanded this a little bit to take a look at a few key Irish opponents as well. *…

  7. Stepping up… The wide receivers

    Feb 19, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    If there was a undisputed area of strength for the Irish last season, it was the wide receivers. Yet if you looked at this position going into the season, you might not have been so sure. While many (me at the front of the line) were high on the potential of Michael Floyd, he was…

  8. Kelly gets psychological on winning

    Feb 18, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly’s keynote speech at the Opening Night Dinner for Notre Dame Baseball was a smashing success, and another reason why many are incredibly excited for Kelly to take the reins of the Irish football program. Kelly’s attention to detail and methodology behind building a championship team was incredibly detailed. And while some have compared…

  9. Golden Tate preps for Combine

    Feb 17, 2010, 10:32 PM EDT

    While we caught up with Golden Tate, ESPN sent a crew to check-in on the progress Golden’s made during his postseason training. (Show offs.) Here’s a quick look at the video they put together: I really expect Golden to impress at the Combine, especially when people watch the tape and see just how many positions…

  10. Your first look at the new Strength and Conditioning program

    Feb 17, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    The fine folks at UND.com put together an excellent video with your first look at the new Strength & Conditioning program that Paul Longo brought with him to Notre Dame. It’s pretty clear the guys are getting after it. Here’s the video that was put together, if you’re in the mood to see some 300-pound…

  11. Clausen won't work out at combine

    Feb 17, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    In a move not entirely unexpected, both Jimmy Clausen and his agent, Gary Wichard, announced that the quarterback won’t be working out at the NFL Combine next week. “I’m planning on doing all the interviews and, obviously, being seen by the doctors so they can see my toe, but my toe isn’t ready to go…

  12. Updates from the Twitter-verse

    Feb 16, 2010, 8:55 PM EDT

    While I wasn’t able to attend, the South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen caught up with football coach Brian Kelly at Notre Dame Baseball’s Opening Night dinner. Kelly was the keynote speaker, and thanks to Hansen’s Twitter feed, we got some very good dirt: * Chris Stewart has been a winter workout warrior. This is incredibly…

  13. Carpenter joins Irish as defensive GA

    Feb 16, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    While his name won’t move the needle like the previous defensive graduate assistant, Brian Kelly has decided to bring former Cincinnati Bearcat linebacker and graduate assistant Jon Carpenter to Notre Dame to fill a similar role. Carpenter spoke with his hometown newspaper, the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette after the move was determined, and he was in high…

  14. Stepping up… The offensive line

    Feb 15, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    We’re starting a feature here that should get everybody ready for Spring Practice. “Stepping Up” (not to be confused with the Channing Tatum/Jenna Dewan tour-de-force dance movie) looks at the holes on the depth chart and who is likely to fill them. I hope everybody enjoys… If one position’s inconsistency defined the Charlie Weis era,…

  15. Weekend reading

    Feb 13, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    As we settle into the relaxing time between recruiting and spring practice, there’s still plenty of good Notre Dame news out there, you just have to dig a little bit deeper to find it. Here are a few good reads worth checking out as you get your fix of speed-skating, ski-jumping, or women’s hockey. *…

  16. Catching up with… Golden Tate

    Feb 12, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Golden Tate walked away from Notre Dame after one of the most electric seasons in Irish history. The Biletnikoff winner dazzled fans with nearly 1,500 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, to go along with electric touchdowns on the ground and as a punt returner. While the Irish’s late-season swoon cost Tate an invitation to the…

  17. Irish to open 2011 season against USF

    Feb 11, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT

    The Irish will face a familiar opponent when they open the 2011 season. And for the first time in — well, eternity — Lou Holtz might not be cheering for ol’ Notre Dame. That’s because Skip Holtz’s South Florida team has agreed to move their date with the Irish from October 1st to September 3rd,…

  18. Tenuta takes job at NC State

    Feb 11, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    Jon Tenuta has resurfaced at the collegiate level, after being rumored everywhere from USC to the NFL. North Carolina State made it official today that Tenuta joins head coach Tom O’Brien’s staff as linebackers coach. This from the official release: NC State head coach Tom O’Brien announced today that Jon Tenuta has joined the Wolfpack…

  19. An early look at the 2011 offers

    Feb 10, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    It’s never too early to talk about recruiting, and with a lull in the football cycle right now, I thought it’d make sense to talk a very early look at who Brian Kelly and staff are targeting for next year’s recruiting class. Kelly already said that defense would be a priority. I couldn’t agree more…

  20. Kelly to give keynote speech, receive award

    Feb 9, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    With a bit of time to breath between the end of recruiting and spring practice, Brian Kelly has decided to fill his social calendar. Kelly will deliver the keynote address at the grand opening of the Eddie Robinson Museum in Grambling, Louisiana this weekend. This from the official release: “Everybody knows about the incredible number…

  21. Lost in the shuffle, Elston meets the press

    Feb 9, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    On the day that Brian Kelly introduced his coaching staff to Notre Dame nation, Mike Elston was absent, out with the very legitimate excuse that his wife was delivering their new daughter. Since then, the defensive line coach jumped head first into recruiting, helping to solidify recruits like Prince Shembo, Justin Utupo, Louis Nix, and…

  22. Weekend leftovers: Walk-ons and Wolverines

    Feb 8, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    Most head coaches gave their assistants and support staff some much deserved time off, with Signing Day come and gone and Spring Practice not yet ramped up. Hopefully, Brian Kelly and company take a few days away before getting back after it, with one of the more important springs in recent memory just ahead. Here…

  23. Friday notes: Floyd, Crist, and Near misses

    Feb 5, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    While we’ve got the next six months to continue analyzing recruiting, defensive alignments, and 2011 targets, let’s clean out the links for the week and follow up on some items missed. * Some of the biggest news out of yesterday’s Signing Day press conference was the health update on Dayne Crist. “I think he’s well…

  24. The 2010 recruits: Bullet-point edition

    Feb 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    If you’re looking for a comprehensive breakdown on the 23 recruits that officially joined the Notre Dame football program, you can head here for UND.com’s official release. I thought I’d take a second to break down every recruit and try to give you a bullet-point briefing. Here are the 2010 recruits… in one line or…

  25. Upgrading edges key to Irish defense

    Feb 4, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    There will be plenty of time to breakdown the recruiting class. (My two word analysis: Good Start.) But first let’s start with some interesting tidbits from Brian Kelly’s press conference yesterday. Most of you that have read this blog since it got started before last season, know that I’ve been incredibly underwhelmed by our defensive…